First off, kudos to all of those faithful Crimson Hawks football fans that show up to every home football game. Your support means a lot to the school.
But now that football season is quickly coming to a close, it’s time to shift your attention from the gridiron to the plywood.
Don’t expect a drop-off in excitement, either.
For those of you that don’t know, Indiana University of Pennsylvania boasts very good men’s and women’s basketball programs.
Coming into this season, the men’s team, led by head coach Joe Lombardi and seniors Mathis Keita and Marcel Souberbeille, is vying for its fifth straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division title and its fourth PSAC title in five years. On top of that, they are looking to get back to their second Division II National Championship game in five years.
Last season, the Crimson Hawks defeated Slippery Rock University in the PSAC final 52-45 in front of a raucous crowd in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
Remember how much fun that was?
The women’s team is coming off of a 23-9 season and is looking to get off on the right foot under new head coach Tom McConnell, who takes over following the departure of Jeff Dow. That’s not an easy task, considering Dow won more than 100 games as the Crimson Hawks head coach in five seasons. Juniors Lindsay Stamp and Ashley Stoner should be the focal point of this team, and Marita Mathe, an Indiana High School product, looks to build off of her successful sophomore season.
So show up to these games and support your Crimson Hawks. The women boast a very talented roster and have their sights set on lofty goals, and they appear ready to achieve those goals. The men should again be one of the best Division II teams in the country, so coming out and making the KCAC our own version of Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, or Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, should be our goal as fans of this school.
Let’s get this place rocking for every home game and really show the PSAC what IUP is all about.